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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Supported products and translators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 . . 6 Chapter 3 Installation and Licenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 vii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 . . . . . . . . . . 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Chapter 4 Translator Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CATIA V5 . . . . . . . . . DWF . 9 Autodesk Inventor CATIA V4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JT . . . 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DWG DXF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Improvements in DirectConnect 2014 . . . . . . . . 2 Chapter 2 What's New in This Release . . . . . . . . . . . 5 New Features in DirectConnect 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open Inventor and Pro/ENGINEER . . . . . .Contents Chapter 1 What Is Autodesk DirectConnect . . . . . . . . . SolidWorks . . 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IGES . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 . . . . . . . . . NX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 DirectConnect and Installation . . . . . . 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cosmo . . . . . . . . .

STEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 STL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 ZPR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Chapter 5

Locations of Imported Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Autodesk Alias Data . . . . . . . Autodesk Maya Data . . . . . . Autodesk Showcase Data . . . . Autodesk Opticore Studio Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 . 46 . 46 . 47

Chapter 6

Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Glossary terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 ASM (.asm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 BSD license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 CATIA V4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 CATIA V5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 CGR (.cgr) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Cosmo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 CSB (.csb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 DLV (.dlv) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 DRAW (DR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 DWF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 DWG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 DXF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 G (.g) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Granite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 IAM (.iam) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 IGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 IPT (.ipt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 IV (.iv) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 JT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 NX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Open Inventor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 PCRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pro/ENGINEER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 PRT (.prt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 SLDASM (.sldasm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 SLDPRT (.sldprt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 SolidWorks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 SPACE (SP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 SPF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 STEP (.step) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 STL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 STP (.stp) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

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What Is Autodesk DirectConnect 1 Autodesk® DirectConnect is a family of data translators. Each of these translators imports a specific CAD file format into one or more of the following Autodesk® software products: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Autodesk® Alias® Autodesk® Maya® Autodesk® Showcase® Autodesk® Opticore® Studio 3ds Max®/3ds Max® Design The translators also export some CAD file formats from some products. 1 .

Supported products and translators Import to Autodesk Alias. Autodesk Opticore Studio.8. Opticore Studio JT (page 26) Up to V9. 3ds Max.5 Not available Pro/ENGINEER (page 35) and Creo ® Up to Wildfire 5. Windows® 8. 3ds Max Design: File Format Windows® 7.7 and 10. Autodesk Showcase. Opticore Studio Not available in Showcase. and Granite 8.0.and 64bit.0.3 Not available in Showcase. 64 bit Apple® Mac OS® X® 10. 32. 64-bit Not available Autodesk Inventor (page 10)® Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design CATIA V4 (page 12)® All versions + V3RX. up to V2 Not available 2 | Chapter 1 What Is Autodesk DirectConnect . . Autodesk Maya.neu) Creo. neutral (.model files from CATIA V5-6R2012 CATIA V5 (page 14)® V5 R22 (V5-6R2012) Not available Not available DWG DXF (page 19)® Up to V2014 Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design IGES (page 21) V5.

and 64bit.7 and 10.File Format Windows® 7. Export from: Autodesk Alias. 3ds Max. 64-bit Not Available in Showcase NX (page 28)® UG V13.and 64bit. AP203E2 Not available in Showcase. SPF Alias (. Autodesk Maya.5 Not available Open Inventor™ and Cosmo™_ (page 33) All versions Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design SolidWorks (page 37)®(1) 2003-2013 Must be licensed and running on the import machine. 64 bit Apple® Mac OS® X® 10. Opticore Studio. 64-bit Apple® Mac OS® X® 10.0 to NX 8. 32.wire) Not available Not available Not available in Showcase STEP (page 39) AP214.8. Opticore Studio. Alias (. Windows® 8. Windows® 8.8. 3ds Max Design: File Format Windows® 7.7 and 10. STL (page 41) (Stereo-lithography) Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design Not available in Showcase.wire) only. 32. 64-bit DWG DXF (page 19) Real Dwg 2013. Supported products and translators | 3 .

ZPR (page 43)® (ZPrint CAD for Rapid Prototyping) V1. 64-bit Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design.File Format Windows® 7.and 64bit.0.3 Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design. IGES (page 21) V5.0.8. SPF Alias (.0. NX (page 28) UG V15. NX1. 64-bit Apple® Mac OS® X® 10. Not available 4 | Chapter 1 What Is Autodesk DirectConnect . 32.0 Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design. 3.2 Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design.7 and 10. 7.wire) Not available STL (Stereo-lithography) Not available in 3ds Max/3ds Max Design. 5. Windows® 8.0*.

64-bit. New Features in DirectConnect 2014 Support is added for: ■ Microsoft® Windows® 8. 5 .What's New in This Release 2 This section lists the new features and improvements in Autodesk® DirectConnect 2014.

prt. Support is added for import of NX 8. . such as space points and annotation leaders(locators of type annotate in . Pro/ENGINEER ■ Added support for import of Granite 8. Import of user-defined and customized attributes and properties. ■ SolidWorks ■ Support is added for import of SolidWorks 2013. Alias 3DA export to IGES.asm) translator.5. 6 | Chapter 2 What's New in This Release . Converting Alias points to IGES. .model files created from CATIA V5-6R2012.■ ■ Import of Alias displayables. ■ Parasolid ■ Parasolid supports export of V 25.wire files). and .g. ■ ■ ■ Added support for import of Pro/E neutral (.0 files. ■ NX ■ ■ Import of coordinate systems or locators from NX translators. Added support for layers and colors in Pro/E import (. ■ ■ ■ Improvements in DirectConnect 2014 ■ ■ ■ CATIA V4 importer supports . CATIA V5 importer supports V5 R22 (V5-6R2012) files. JT ■ ■ Import of coordinate systems or locators from JT translators. New option in Pro/E importer -wantSurfaces.neu) files. When turned off. Import of coordinate systems or locators from JT and NX translators.neu. the quilt objects (representing bodies that are not solid) are ignored and not processed.

It requires manual installation. For information about installing these software products. 7 . as your Autodesk Opticore Studio. refer to their respective installation guides. Performance on other browsers does not provide consistent results. install the same version.Installation and Licenses 3 DirectConnect and Installation Autodesk® DirectConnect software installs automatically when the following Autodesk software is installed: ■ Autodesk® Alias® ■ ■ ■ Autodesk® Maya® Autodesk® Showcase® 3ds Max®/3ds Max® Design Autodesk DirectConnect software is provided on the media with Autodesk® Opticore® Studio software. ■ DirectConnect Help is supported only on Microsoft® Internet Explorer®. NOTE ■ When installing DirectConnect. in the Autodesk DirectConnect 2014 folder. such as 32-bit or 64-bit.

) 8 | Chapter 3 Installation and Licenses . and 900 MB for 64-bit ■ ■ Windows 8: 900 MB for 64-bit Mac OS X: 300 MB for 64-bit DirectConnect installs with other products. Windows® 8. so your system must also accommodate the host product requirements. 64-bit Apple® Mac OS® X® 10. (For the system requirements of the host product. consult the appropriate installation guide.7 and 10. 64-bit Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya Autodesk Showcase Not available Autodesk Opticore Studio Not available 3ds Max/3ds Max Design Not available System requirements Autodesk DirectConnect requires the following amount of available disk space: ■ Windows 7: 700 MB for 32-bit.8. 32and 64-bit.Support platforms Autodesk DirectConnect runs on the same platform as the Autodesk product it installs with: Autodesk Software Microsoft® Windows® 7.

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Autodesk® DirectConnect supports the import of Autodesk Inventor part (*. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. select an Autodesk Inventor *.ipt) and assembly (*. and Autodesk® Opticore® Studio software. Autodesk® Maya®. tooling creation.iam) files into the Autodesk® Alias®.ipt or *.Autodesk Inventor Autodesk® Inventor® is a 3D mechanical design. (page 7) Import Autodesk Inventor files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import 2 In the browser. product simulation.iam file. Autodesk® Showcase®. and design communication software. 10 | Chapter 4 Translator Details .

display meshes. Autodesk Inventor | 11 . see Locations of Imported Data (page 45).3 Click OK.0). NOTE To maintain the original positioning and orientation of part files in your scene. and the following information is maintained on import: ■ Brep bodies ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Data organization Tolerances and units Material colors and simple transparency Weld maps (beads only) Thread maps Decals For locating the imported data. Importing part files before the assembly file positions all of them at the origin (0. import the assembly file.0. Limitations ■ ■ Work sources. and some 2D/3D sketches are automatically excluded when importing an Autodesk Inventor file. and removes the original positioning. Some cylindrical surfaces (pipes) do not trim properly. Types of data imported NURBS are imported. or Open to launch the translator and import the file.

such as names. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of CATIA V4 (all versions. Autodesk Showcase. Autodesk Opticore Studio. and . See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect.CATIA V4 CATIA® is computer-aided design software from Dassault Systèmes. RGB colors.model files from CATIA V5-6R2012. plus V3RX Levels) into the Autodesk Alias. attributes.xx and earlier V3RX Levels. Import CATIA V4 files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import 12 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . and the CATIA file types. and visibility. (page 7) DirectConnect supports CATIA model and export files produced with CATIA V4. layers. and 3ds Max®/3ds Max® Design software. The import includes geometric sets.

dlv3.session.dlv4 file.Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio 3ds Max/3dsMax Design File > Import > Import Files File > Import Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 In the browser.model. select a CATIA V4 *. *.exp. *. secondary type 2) Space ditto (Type 28) Parametric skin (Type 35) CATIA V4 | 13 .*.Mockup (Type 17. *. The translator launches automatically. Types of SPACE (SP) entities supported for import ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Point (Type 1) Line (Type 2) Parametric curve (Type 3) Plane (Type 4) Parametric surface (Type 5) Face (Type 6) Volume (Type 7) Transformation (Type 9) Edge (Type 12) Circle (Type 20) Ellipse (Type 21) Parabola (Type 22) Hyperbola (Type 23) Polyhedral surface (Type 16) Composite curve (Type 24) Solids . secondary type 1) Exact solid (Type 17. *. and the file imports into the scene. or Open.mdl. 3 Click OK. or .dlv.

Autodesk Showcase. Autodesk Maya. consult your CATIA documentation. see the Autodesk Alias Help. (page 7) Export of CATIA V5 Part files is available only in Alias (release 10 . CATIA V5 CATIA is computer-aided design software from Dassault Systèmes. see Locations of Imported Data (page 45). ■ ■ For information about options in Alias for data importation. 14 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software.■ ■ NURB curve (Type 46) NURB surface (Type 47) NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software. Autodesk DirectConnect supports import of CATIA V5 (R6-R22) files in the Autodesk Alias. For definitions on these data types. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. Autodesk Opticore Studio.22).

3 Click OK. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene. or *. Types of data imported We support the import of files from CATIA V5 releases V5 (R6-22).cgr) file.Import CATIA V5 files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio 3ds Max/3dsMax Design File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 In the browser. and the following types of data: ■ Point ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Line Arc Ellipse Parabola Hyperbola BSpline curve Polynomial curve Plane Cylindrical surface Conical surface Spherical surface CATIA V5 | 15 .*.CATPart. select a CATIA V5 (*.CATProduct .

layer. consult your CATIA documentation. For definitions about these data types. name. File formats referenced The following are some of the file formats that can be referenced by CATIA V5 assembly files: ■ .stl 16 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . see Locations of Imported Data (page 45). visibility.CATProduct ■ ■ ■ ■ .■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Toroidal surface BSpline surface Revolve surface Ruled surface Open body Solid body Layer Geometric set Part (from CATIA V5 release 6 and higher) Product (from CATIA V5 release 6 and higher) Attributes (RGB color. and materials) Per face color assignments Cloud mesh data Tessellated data Weld data NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software.CATPart .cgr . see the Autodesk Alias Help.model . ■ ■ For information about options in Alias for data importation.

select a file to be exported as a DWF. select DWF (. 2 On the File Formats menu. and click File > Export > Active As .dwf) format up to version 2014. to view in Autodesk Design Review and Project Freewheel. see the Autodesk Alias Help. and then click Save. or File > Save As . DWF | 17 . exports curves. (page 7) NOTE For more information about software setup for Autodesk Alias. Option Export Curves Function When turned ON.dwf). Autodesk DirectConnect supports the export of Autodesk Alias tessellated model data to file in DWF(*. 3 Set export options. Export DWF files 1 In Autodesk Alias. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect.DWF Design Web Format (DWF™) is a file format developed by Autodesk for Web viewing and printing.

01. 18 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . this information and the geometric objects resulting from symmetry can be merged and converted. Associated color information is also exported. Fast Models triangulate quickly and less accurately. Max Edge Length The maximum length of any triangle edge (in current linear units). The Alias scene DAG hierarchy is preserved. The default value is 0. ■ ■ Tolerance The amount a polygonal surface can deviate from the original NURBS surface. Limit Edge Length If selected.Option Export Symmetry Function If an Alias layer has symmetry turned ON. layer symmetry is not exported. a Max edge length slider controls maximum size of the triangles. If unchecked. there is no limit to the size of the triangles. Tessellator ■ Types of data exported The DirectConnect translator for DWF exports only meshes. When turned OFF. NOTE For information about options in Alias for data importation. see the Autodesk Alias Help. or left intact (unmerged) and converted. Accurate Models triangulate slowly and more accurately.

DWG DXF | 19 .dwg) or DXF (.DWG DXF The DWG and DXF® file types are drawing files and Drawing eXchange files in the AutoCAD® software. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. (page 7) Import DWG/DXF files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import 2 Browse to. Autodesk Maya. and select a DWG (. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of AutoCAD (DWG and DXF) files into the Autodesk Alias. Autodesk Showcase. and Autodesk Opticore Studio software.dxf) file.

choose File > Save As > Active As . or File > Export 20 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . DWG and DXF both support curves and round-trip data export.3 Click OK. Export DWG/DXF files (Autodesk Alias) 1 In your Autodesk software. ■ Showcase supports only 3D hierarchical data. Alias supports the AutoCAD material attribute Illumination. With want curves set to ON. or Open to launch the translator and import the file. It does not support 2D drawings. set want curves to ON. see the Autodesk Alias Help. arcs. and splines Extruded curves Extrusions Layers Meshes Surfaces Text 3D solids IMPORTANT ■ Showcase does not support the AutoCAD material attribute Illumination. see Locations of Imported Data (page 45). . ■ ■ For information about options in Alias for data importation. NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software. it is called Incandescence. Types of DWG and DXF data imported ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Colors Materials Lines. however. If they do not come in.

Import IGES files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files IGES | 21 . Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import and export of the neutral IGES V5. and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software.2 On the File Formats menu. click DWG or DXF. For details about the available options. see the Autodesk Alias Help. Autodesk Opticore Studio.3 (*. 3 Select a DWG/DXF version. Autodesk Maya (Windows version).igs) format files in the Autodesk Alias. Autodesk Showcase. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect.iges or *. see the Help in the Autodesk software. and click Save. (page 7) NOTE For more information about software setup for Autodesk Alias. IGES Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES) is a file format for transferring graphics data between CAD/CAM systems.

igs) file. Types of data imported The DirectConnect for IGES translator imports ASCII format IGES files with or without linefeed characters at the end of each record. the preference flag in the IGES files is used.iges or *.3(*. Alias converts all trimmed surfaces of this type to Alias trimmed surfaces. You can select parameter space curves.3 (*. 22 | Chapter 4 Translator Details .iges or *. Alias detects trimmed surfaces with trim boundaries that are the same as. or use the flag that is present in the IGES file. 3 Save to a native IGES V5. Export IGES files 1 In your Autodesk software. 2 On the File Formats menu. or File > Export > Active As . For details about the available options. or isoparametric to. change the following import options in Autodesk Alias: Default Trim Curves Specifies the trim curves that the processor uses. When turned OFF. The software does not support Binary IGES files. select a native IGES V5. the natural boundaries of the untrimmed surface. see the Help in the Autodesk software. 3 Click OK. It then converts these surfaces into Alias surfaces by shrinking the untrimmed surface to the trim boundaries. choose File > Save As. By default. Shrink Surface When turned ON.igs) file. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene. Troubleshoot (Autodesk Alias) If the files you import contain unsatisfactory data. model space curves. click DWG or DXF.Autodesk Opticore Studio 3ds Max/3dsMax Design File > Import Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 In the browser.

except for entity use flag value with IGES Subfigure Definition entity (Type 308). layers. ■ For information about options in Alias for data importation. Identify IGES supported entities in log files The following table shows IGES entities supported on import by DirectConnect for IGES. and instances) Units Colors NOTE ■ For information about this data in your Autodesk software. NOTE The input translator ignores any entities with an entity use flag value 02 (Definition). ellipse. parabola.The software imports NURBS for this file format and maintains the following information on import: ■ Surfaces and curves ■ ■ ■ Data organization (groups. hyperbola copious data copious data copious data copious data IGES | 23 . Type 100 102 104 106 106 106 106 Form 0 0 0-3 1 2 11 12 IGES Entity circular arc composite curve conic arc. visibility. see the Autodesk Alias Help. see Locations of Imported Data (page 1).

1 0 0 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0-5 0-9 0 0 0 IGES Entity closed area plane bounded plane line parametric curve parametric surface point ruled surface surface of revolution tabulated cylinder direction transformation matrix rational B-spline curve rational B-spline surface offset curve offset surface boundary entity 24 | Chapter 4 Translator Details .Type 106 108 108 110 112 114 116 118 120 122 123 124 126 128 130 140 141 Form 63 0 +/.

9 0 1 1 0.2 IGES Entity curve on surface boundary surface trimmed surface Manifold Solid BRep Object (MSBO) plane surface (1) right circular cylindrical surface right circular conical surface spherical surface toroidal surface subfigure definition associativity instance singular subfigure instance vertex list edge list loop face shell IGES | 25 .1 0.1 0.1 0 7.1 0.Type 142 143 144 186 190 192 194 196 198 308 402 408 502 504 508 510 514 Form 0 0 0 -1.1 0.1 1 1.1 0.0.

and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software. Autodesk Opticore Studio. JT The JT Open Program develops and supports the DirectModel format JT for the visualization of 3D models.5) files into the Autodesk Alias. 0 means unparameterized surface and 1 parameterized. The plane surface type is unbounded unless it is subordinate to another entity. Autodesk Showcase. then it is added as Layer LEVEL42. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of JT (up to V9. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. Autodesk Maya. (page 7) Import JT files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import 26 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . IGES levels The system adds all supported geometric IGES entities that are associated with IGES level <n> to an Alias layer called LEVEL<n>. if a 126 B-spline entity directory entry indicates that it is on level 42. For example. that references its bounding geometry. such as the Bounded Surface Entity (type 143) or the Trimmed parametric Surface Entity (type 144).(1)For type 190.

and instances) Units Levels of detail (degrees of tessellation) Materials (brightness (shininess).Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio 3ds Max/3dsMax Design File > Import > Import Files File > Import Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 In the browser. JT | 27 . diffuse color. see Locations of Imported Data (page 1). specular color. ambient color. 3 Click OK. Type of data imported The software maintains the following information when importing JT files: ■ Precise geometric data conversion ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Data organization (parent and child hierarchal data. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene. select a (*. visibility. see the Autodesk Alias Help. Limitations ■ Import options are not available.jt) file. ■ For Information about Alias options for data importation. and emission color) Textures (embedded image files) XT BRep and JT BRep topology Coordinate systems or locators User defined and customized attributes and properties NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software.

CAE.pdf document on the installation CD. Import NX files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files 28 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . quality control. for example CAD. and rapid prototyping. NX 3. Autodesk Opticore Studio. NX 5. Autodesk Maya. The file structure is binary. It supports the export of NX UG15.0.5) into the Autodesk Alias. Autodesk Showcase.0. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of NX files (UG V13. The package contains many (mostly optional) modules. CAM. sheet metal applications.0 through NX 8.0 See installation information in the Install_DirectConnect.0 and NX 7.0*. and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software. knowledge bases. NX NX® is a solid modeling package based on the Parasolid kernel. NX 1.■ The software automatically excludes curve geometry and animation when importing a JT file.

Alias Entity Conic (ellipse/hyperbola/parabola) NX Entity Bcurve NX | 29 . 5 Click Save. select an NX (version UG V13. such as lights. see the Help in the Autodesk software. See the Alias documentation for details about building a model for maximum compatibility between NX and Alias. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene.0 to NX 8. 3 In Maya. on the File Formats menu. Supported Alias geometry types for export to NX The translator does not support non-geometry entities. see the Autodesk Alias Help. cameras. textures. choose the menu path: Autodesk Alias File > Save As or File > Export > Active As Autodesk Maya File > Export all or File > Export Selection 2 In Alias. 4 For options. For information about import options in Alias. windows. and animations. Export NX files . 3 Click OK. the file type is UG_DCE. The numbers in the table entries refer to Notes for NX entities following the table. Autodesk Maya 1 In your installed Autodesk software.Autodesk Opticore Studio 3ds Max/3dsMax Design File > Import Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 In the browser. click NX.5) part or assembly*.prt file.Autodesk Alias.

(2) Face (1).Alias Entity Conic Circle Line Curve Surface Trimmed Surface Plane Shader Shell (Open) Shell (Closed) Layer Category NX Entity Curve Circle Line BCurve BSurface (1). (4) Layer name is not mapped. 30 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . (2) Colour Attribute (3) Sheet Body Solid Body Layer (4) Category Notes for NX entities (1) NX cannot have free-standing surfaces. (3) Mapped as a Display Attribute of the mapped surface or shell. (2) Bsurface (1). so it maps all surfaces to faces which must be attached to a sheet body. (2) Splits appear in surfaces that have internal discontinuities at the discontinuities.

Supported Alias NX entities for Alias import NX Entity Objects BSurface Bounded Plane Cylindrical Surface Conical Surface Tabulated Cylinder Rules Surface Blended Face Surface Surface of Revolution Offset Surface Sculptured Surface BCurve Line Bcurve Point Sheet Body Assembly Layer Alias Entity Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface Curve Line (Curve) Curve Point (Curve) (1) Shell (Open) (2) Groups/Instance (3) Layer NX | 31 .

Can be re-exported. color. layer. Types of data imported We support the import of the following types of NX geometry. On export to NX.NX Entity Objects Category Space points annotation leaders (locators of type annpotate in . and visibility. (4 ) Added as blind data. this construction converts back to an NX point. ■ Point ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Line BCurve Circle Ellipse Parabola Hyperbola Surface Parameter Curve Trimmed Curve Intersection Curve BSurface Planar Surface Spherical Surface Cylindrical Surface 32 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . then Alias converts the face to a trimmed surface. Assemblies cannot be exported.wire files) Alias Entity Category Space points annotation leaders (locators of type annpotate in .wire files) Notes for Alias NX (object) entities (1) An NX point converts to a degree 1 curve composed of two coincident points. (3) This is a one-way mapping. (2) If the sheet body only points to one face. and attributes such as name.

with no relation to Autodesk Inventor software.■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Conical Surface Surface of Revolution Spun Surface Offset Surface Ruled Surface Swept Surface Toroidal Surface Blended Edge Surface Blended Bound Surface Facet Sheet Body Solid Body Part Instance Assembly Category Coordinate systems or locators Open Inventor and Cosmo Open Inventor™ is a 3D file format from Silicon Graphics Inc.. Open Inventor and Cosmo | 33 .

or Cosmo 3D™scene binary (*. Type of data imported The software imports polygons and NURBS for these file formats. child. the system automatically excludes lines. and groups) ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Units Materials Textures Polygonal Shapes Transformation nodes NOTE To locate this data in your Autodesk software. Import Open Inventor or Cosmo files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import 2 Browse to and select an Open Inventor (*.csb) file. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. 34 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . The translator launches and imports the file.Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of Open Inventor ASCII or binary (*. and maintains the following information on import: ■ Data organization (parent. Autodesk Maya. cameras. lights. or Open. see Locations of Imported Data (page 45).iv) or Cosmo (*. Limitations When importing Open Inventor files.csb) files into the Autodesk Alias. 3 Click OK. tolerances.iv) files. and animation. Autodesk Showcase. (page 7). manipulators. and Autodesk Opticore Studio software.

see the Autodesk Alias Help. assembly. Autodesk Maya. and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of Pro/ENGINEER (Wildfire® R5 or lower) and Creo (up to V2) part. *. *.asm. Autodesk Opticore Studio. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. (page 7) NOTE For information about additional software setup for Autodesk Alias. *neu) into the Autodesk Alias. Import Pro/ENGINEER files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files Pro/ENGINEER | 35 .Pro/ENGINEER Pro/ENGINEER® is a computer-aided design software application.g. or PTC® Granite® (Release 8 or lower) files (*.prt.

assembly. assembly (*. or part names. see Locations of Imported Data (page 45).0. Granite (*. import the assembly file. the software automatically excludes construction history. When importing a Pro/ENGINEER file. Importing part files before the assembly file positions all of them at the origin (0.neu) file.prt).g)). or Open to launch the translator and import the file. Type of data imported The software imports NURBS for this file format and maintains the following data on import: ■ Precise geometric surface and topology information ■ ■ ■ Data organization Tolerances and units Layers and colors NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software. Granite does not support layers or curves. or neutral (.0) and removes the original positioning. see the Autodesk Alias Help. lines. Limitations ■ ■ ■ The software changes node names based on geometry. and animation.Autodesk Opticore Studio 3ds Max/3dsMax Design File > Import Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 Select a Pro/ENGINEER part(*. 3 Click OK. NOTE To maintain the original positioning and orientation of part files in your scene. ■ For information about options in Alias for data importation.asm). 36 | Chapter 4 Translator Details .

Import SolidWorks files NOTE Before you can import SolidWorks files.sldasm files into the Autodesk Alias. and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software. and have it running. Autodesk Showcase. and license SolidWorks 2005 through 2013 on the same machine. Autodesk Maya.SolidWorks SolidWorks® is a computer-aided design software application. purchase. please see the Autodesk Alias Data Transfer reference book and the Autodesk Alias Help. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect.sldprt and assembly *. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of SolidWorks part *. Autodesk Opticore Studio. NOTE For information about additional software setup for Autodesk Alias. install. (page 7) 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import SolidWorks | 37 .

sldasm file. minimize its window. lines. Limitations When importing SolidWorks files.3ds Max/3dsMax Design Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 Select a SolidWorks part (*.0) and removes the original positioning. Importing part files before the assembly file positions all of them at the origin (0. NOTE To maintain the original positioning and orientation of part files in your scene.0. 38 | Chapter 4 Translator Details .sldprt) or assembly *. the software automatically excludes construction history. start the SolidWorks software. and animation. import the assembly file. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene. and then try again to open the files. ■ For information about Alias options for data importation. Type of data imported The software imports NURBS for this file format and maintains the following information on import: ■ Precise geometric surface and topology information ■ ■ ■ Data organization Tolerances and unit Colors NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software. 3 Click OK. see the Autodesk Alias Help. see Locations of Imported Data (page 45). If you cannot see the files.

and 3ds Max/3ds Max Design software. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of STEP (*. Import STEP files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import STEP | 39 . Autodesk Maya. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect (page 7).step) files into the Autodesk Alias. Autodesk Showcase. Autodesk Opticore Studio. It is used for transferring graphics data between CAD/CAM systems.stp or *.STEP Standard for the Exchange of Product Data (STEP) is an ISO standard exchange format that multiple programs can recognize.

use AP203 or AP214 specifications. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene. see the Autodesk Alias Help.3ds Max/3dsMax Design Application Menu > Import > Select File to Import dialog 2 In the browser. see Locations of Imported Data (page 45). 3 Click OK. ■ For information about Alias options for data importation. Types of data imported The software imports NURBS for this file format and maintains the following information on import: ■ Precise geometric surface and topology information (ISO 10303:42) ■ ■ ■ Data organization (layers) Tolerances and units Colors NOTE ■ To locate this data in your Autodesk software. select a native STEP (*.stp or *. 40 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . Export STEP files To export STEP files from the CAD software.step) file.

STL STL is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems. STL | 41 .stl (Stereolithography) file. and Autodesk Opticore Studio software. Autodesk Maya. and the export of STL files from the Autodesk Alias and Autodesk Maya software. select a native . Autodesk DirectConnect supports the import of STL files into the Autodesk Alias. Multiple software packages support the STL file format. Import STL files 1 Choose the menu path in your installed Autodesk software product: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Opticore Studio File > Open or File > Import > File File > Open Scene or File > Import File > Import > Import Files File > Import 2 In the browser. See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. (page 7). Autodesk Showcase.

see Locations of Imported Data (page 45). 6 In the Object name box (Windows). choose the appropriate menu item: Autodesk Alias Autodesk Maya (Windows version) File > Export > Rapid Prototype File > Export All lection or File > Export Se- 2 In Maya. Export STL files 1 In your Autodesk software. In Alias. Type of files imported We support ASCII and binary STL (color STL) files. Click OK. the file type is STL_DCE. 3 Pick the meshes or shell to export. and you can specify the file type as either ASCII or binary. on the File Format menu. 4 Adjust settings. 42 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . and click Save.3 Click OK. You can also specify tolerance levels used in the export of the file. NOTE To locate this data in your Autodesk software. enter a name for the file. 5 Click Accept. or Save As box (Mac). and click Update. click STL. or Open to launch the translator and import the file into the scene. if necessary. then click Accept.

See installation information in Install Autodesk DirectConnect. (page 7) Export ZPR files using the output command 1 Select a file to export as a ZPR file. Autodesk Showcase.zpr). ZPR | 43 . Autodesk Maya. 2 Choose File > Export > Rapid Prototype.zpr) files to use in the Autodesk rapid prototyping solution in the Autodesk Alias.ZPR ZPrint CAD format (ZPR™) is a proprietary file format developed by Z Corporation® and used with ZPrint and ZEdit for printing on high definition color 3D printers. 3 On the File Format menu. and Autodesk Opticore Studio software. Autodesk DirectConnect supports the export of ZPR (*. click ZPR (.

Depending on the entity selected for export. see the Autodesk Alias Help. For information about additional setup options. Textures for use with ZEdit and Zprint software for rapid prototyping. 4 Pick the meshes or shell to export. additional setup can be required. such as a shell. Types of data exported for ZPR ■ ■ Triangle meshes with simple colors. and click Update. 5 Adjust settings. 44 | Chapter 4 Translator Details . if necessary. 6 Click Accept. then click Accept.

menu items. see the Autodesk® Alias® Help. 45 . For information about these settings. and options. Autodesk Alias Data Data Organization Parts and assembly information displays in the Windows > Information > Layer Categories window.Locations of Imported Data 5 Colors (Shaders) Colors are visible in the Render > Multi-lister > Shaders window. Tolerances and Units View unit settings at Preferences > Construction Options.

see the Autodesk® Maya® Help. hidden. You can view and change the state of objects to visible. To view assembly definition and assembly reference nodes. click File > Settings > Performance and Quality. For more information. You can create your own arrangements of objects. Colors (Shaders) Colors are imported as shaders and are visible at Window > Rendering Editors > Hypershade. Change tessellation quality in the Import Status window. Autodesk Showcase Data Data Organization View Layers. see the Showcase documentation. or deleted. and are visible from Appearance > Material Properties. display the Layer Editor: click Display > UI Elements > Channel Box/Layer Editor or display the Relationship Editor: click Window > Relationship Editors > Display Layers.Autodesk Maya Data Data Organization To view layer information. Change the Working Units and Tolerance settings. 46 | Chapter 5 Locations of Imported Data . and assembly hierarchies in the Organizer window (Edit > Organizer). This window shows the original file hierarchy. parts. For more information. Colors (Shaders) Colors import as materials. For more information about these settings and menu items. To adjust the Level of Detail (LOD) for models imported into Showcase. Tolerances and Units Change unit settings in the Import Status window (File > Import > Import Status Window). To set Showcase to determine LOD. see Window > Outliner or the node Attribute Editor. Tolerances and Units View unit settings at Window > Settings/Preferences > Preferences > Settings. select Automatic quality control. see the Showcase documentation.

and enter new settings. Tolerances and Units There are no units in Studio. Set tolerances for tessellation in the File > Preferences dialogbox. all colors are visible in the appearance field of a shape node. and options. Colors (Shaders) Colors can be shaders or appearances. use the Window > GeomX > Tessellate dialog box. and adjust the slider for LOD. Import tessellation section. select Lock display quality to. Colors (Shaders) For more information about these settings and menu items. menu items. Autodesk Opticore Studio Data | 47 . Autodesk Opticore Studio Data Data Organization View the node structure in the Scene Graph Editor. For information about these settings. in scenegraph. In the Scene Graph Editor. All imported data is considered the same unit. Set tessellation tolerances on the GeomX tab. GeomX tab. NOTE GeomX is not available until you load the GeomX module in the Modules tab (in the same dialog box) and restart Studio.Data Organization Tolerances and Units To have more control. see the Autodesk® Opticore® Studio Help. Shaders are visible in both the Scene Graph Editor and through the Windows > Shader List dialog box. It opens by default. To retessellate. in the Window > Scene Graph Editor menu. see the Autodesk® Showcase® Help. Appearances are visible only in the Scene Graph Editor.

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and (.cgr) is the triangulated format used by CATIA V5.CATProduct).session. and . assembly An organizational file that fits together a collection of manufactured parts into a complete model.model. Glossary | 49 . . Autodesk DirectConnect allows the exchange of 3D model data from CATIA V5.Glossary Glossary terms ASM (. BSD license The Berkeley Software Distribution license for redistribution and use of source code.dlv3 files.cgr) files. Autodesk DirectConnect allows the exchange of 3D model data from CATIA V4. . CGR ➤ (.asm) A file format used by Pro/ENGINEER to represent an assembly.exp. CATIA ➤ V4 CATIA V4 is computer-aided design software from Dassault Systèmes. CATIA ➤ V5 CATIA V5 is computer-aided design software from Dassault Systèmes. product (. using the native CATIA part (.cgr) CATIA Graphical Representation (. using .dlv.CATPart). .

g) A file format used by Pro/ENGINEER PTC Granite for import into the Autodesk products that DirectConnect supports. DLV (. Granite ➤ A CAD technology platform for design collaboration using solid models. DRAW (DR) A two-dimensional entity defined in the drafting and detailing world. DWF™ Design Web Format. IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) A file format for transferring graphics data between CAD/CAM systems.Cosmo™ A legacy 3D file format from Silicon Graphics Inc. 50 | Glossary . G (. CSB (. DXF™ (Drawing eXchange File) A file exchange format containing ASCII code and binary representations of the objects in a DWG file. using efficient binary compression and *. a file format developed by Autodesk for web viewing and printing. A neutral file format that can be imported into any number of CAD or modeling packages. IAM (.csb) Cosmo 3D™scene binary (*. DWG™ AutoCAD drawing file) A file format used by Autodesk AutoCAD software that contains lines. curves. and 3D data.csb (Cosmo scene binary) files.iam) A file format in the Autodesk Inventor software represent an assembly.dlv) A file format used by CATIA V4 computer-aided design software from Dassault Systèmes.csb) files.

IPT (. knowledge bases. JT JT is a DirectModel file format that is developed and supported by the JT Open Program for the visualization of 3D models. Inc. which can be made interactive and that are optimized for OpenGL.ipt) A file format in the Autodesk Inventor software to represent a part. The files structure is binary. It is an ASCII or binary file format. PRT (. CAE. Open Inventor™ Open Inventor is a legacy 3D file format from Silicon Graphics.sldprt) A file format used by SolidWorks to represent a part file. PCRE The Perl-compatible regular expressions is a library of functions to support regular expressions.iv) A file format in the Open Inventor software.prt) A file format used by NX to represent a part or assembly file. The package contains many (mostly optional) modules: for example. NX ➤ NX is a solid modeling package based on the Parasolid kernel. Open Inventor is an object-oriented 3D toolkit that describes complete 3D scenes. IV (. sheet metal applications. Glossary | 51 .sldasm) A file format used by SolidWorks to represent an assembly file. and rapid prototyping. SLDPRT (. quality control. CAD. with syntax and semantics as close as possible to the syntax and semantics in the Perl 5 language. CAM. Open Inventor is not related to Autodesk Inventor software. SLDASM (. Pro/ENGINEER ➤ A solid modeling CAD/CAM/CAE software product from Parametric Technology Corporation that requires positional construction tolerances.

V3Rx A file format generated by a version of CATIA that is older than V4. STEP (. It is used with ZPrint and ZEdit for printing on high definition color 3D printers. with the extension . STP (. The surface is tessellated. 52 | Glossary .step) An international standard for the exchange of geometric product definitions. STL An STL (StereoLithography) file is a triangular representation of 3D surface geometry. STEP formats that are relevant to Autodesk products are AP203 (general mechanical CAD) and AP214 (automotive CAD). ZPR ZPrint CAD format (ZPR) is a proprietary file format developed by Z Corporation. or broken down logically into a series of small triangles (facets).zpr) format to use in the Autodesk Rapid Prototyping solution. A perpendicular direction and three points representing the vertices (corners) of the triangle describe each facet.SolidWorks ➤ A solid modeling CAD/CAM/CAE software product from SolidWorks Corporation that requires positional construction tolerances. Autodesk Direct lets you export files in ZPR (*.wire. SPF Alias SPF (Studio Packet File) is a native file format used by Autodesk Alias software.stp) A file format used in STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data) for transferring graphics data between CAD/CAM systems. SPACE (SP) A three-dimensional entity defined in the 3D modeling world.

model. .iv. .iam 10 . .stl 41 .) Alias import options 21 file types 21 levels 21 log files 21 translator 21 improvements in Directconnect 6 install Autodesk DirectConnect 7 C CATIA V4 file types translator CATIA V5 file types translator Cosmo file types translator 12 12 14 14 33 33 53 | Index .prt 28 .igs 21 .sldasm 37 .sldprt.jt 26 .asm.ipt 10 .Index A Autodesk Alias locate imported data 45 view unit settings 45 visible colors 45 Autodesk AutoCAD drawing files Autodesk DirectConnect 1 improvements 6 install 7 new features 5 supported platforms 7 supported products 2 supported translators 2 Autodesk Inventor file formats 10 translator 10 Autodesk Maya imported colors 46 locate imported data 46 unit settings 46 Autodesk Opticore Studio imported colors 47 locate imported data 47 tessellation tolerances 47 Autodesk Showcase imported colors 46 locate imported data 46 unit settings 46 D Design Web Format 17 Drawing eXchange File 19 DWF translator 17 DWG DXF translators 19 19 F file formats .g.CATProduct.csb 33 .dxf 19 .dlv 12 .mdl.cgr. . . . .dwg.CATPart 14 .session. .exp. . .iges.dwf 17 . .stp.prt. . .step 39 .zpr 43 I IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Spec.neu 35 . .

J JT file types translator 26 26 support platforms 7 supported products and translators system requirements 7 2 T trademarks translators Autodesk Inventor 10 CATIA V4 12 CATIA V5 14 Cosmo 33 DirectConnect 1 DWF 17 DWG DXF 19 IGES 21 JT 26 NX 28 Open Inventor 33 Pro/ENGINEER 35 SolidWorks 37 STEP 39 STL 41 ZPR 43 N new features 5 NX file types 28 translator 28 O Open Inventor file types 33 translator 33 P Pro/ENGINEER file types 35 translator 35 S SolidWorks file types translator STEP file types translator STL file types translator 37 37 39 39 41 41 W what's new in this release Windows platform 7 5 Z ZPR file types 43 translator 43 ZPrint CAD format 43 54 | Index .